This is actually our third list of science facts, but here we have focussed especially on lesser-known trivia.
How much would you pay to be able to read another person's mind?
"Sex is hard to explain," writes Michael Brothurst in a recent article in the journal Science. Like others in his field, Brothurst, who studies the evolution of sexual reproduction at the University of Liverpool, doesn't "get" men.
If you've been reading Cracked for a while, you probably already know that some scientists had pretty unorthodox methods of experimentation , and that some others were thought of as idiots in their time . But those are all just cases of misunderstood genius -- brilliant people doing crazy things in the service of the scientific method. What's harder to figure out are the famously brilliant scientists who went above and beyond to proudly wave two middle fingers in the face of reason.